## Geometry: Common Core (15th Edition)

$243$
We start with the given expression: $-y^x$ We plug in the given values for $x$ and $y$: $-(-3)^5$ The order of operations states that first we perform operations inside grouping symbols, such as parentheses, brackets, and fraction bars. Then, we simplify powers. Then, we multiply and divide from left to right. Then, we add and subtract from left to right. We follow the order of operations to simplify: First, we simplify the exponent by converting it to repeated multiplication: $-(-3\times-3\times-3\times-3\times-3)=-(-243)$ Then, we recognize that the negative of a negative number is a positive number: $243$